• There are not enough words I could ever say to you, to thank you for putting this program together. I have no doubt in my mind you have opened a door to save so many children's lives by putting this program together. I know there is nothing that will every take the pain I am sure you must feel in your heart at the loss of your son. But please know that his legacy lives on in all the children who are now aware that they have a congenital heart defect and will be treated yearly so they can go on and live a healthy and happy life.
  • We attended your screening today in Monroe and are very grateful that we did. I believe this is an important thing you are doing.
  • Thank you so much for all you have done for our Seaford Athletes. The Heart Screen Newy ork Program is amazing. You are an inspiration and you make the difference in the lives of so many. Luis and Dominic would be so proud of you.
  • Afterwards, we remembered your heart screening and the lessons she was taught there. We know in our hearts that this had a LOT to do with Elizabeth being able to act and react and bring that little boy to safety. So, thank you Heart Screen New York. You have not only saved lives with CPR and AED advocacy. You have directly affected the life of one little girl to know how to react in an emergency situation, and it perhaps saved another little life.

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Cardiovascular Screening

The catastrophic death of a child or young adult during physical activity is a devastating event with compelling justification to implement effective preventive strategies. Cardiovascular screening in athletes is routinely practiced and endorsed by most major sporting and medical associations including the American Heart Association (AHA), European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). A substantial challenge to screening is that most apparently healthy individuals with unsuspected cardiovascular disease are asymptomatic, and SCA is the first clinical manifestation of cardiac disease in a significant percentage of athletes who suffer sudden death.

A comprehensive personal and family history and physical examination are recommended components of cardiovascular screening. However, history and physical examination alone offer limited sensitivity in identifying youths at risk for SCD, The inclusion of a resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) in the cardiovascular screening of youths greatly increases the sensitivity to detect potentially lethal cardiac conditions. Integrated screening programs utilizing ECG, echocardiogram, detailed physical evaluation form and family history offer an early opportunity to reliably identify youths at risk. Early detection can reduce the rate of SCD in youth through appropriate medical intervention.

In recent years, contemporary standards of ECG interpretation using modern criteria to distinguish physiologic cardiac adaptations in athletes from underlying pathology have substantially reduced false-positive results and the need for unnecessary diagnostic evaluations. There is an urgent need to study a contemporary model of cardiac screening in the young to assist in the development and implementation of improved cardiovascular screening guidelines in the U.S.